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Old 07-20-2005, 11:31 AM   #1
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Optimizing SUSE 9.3

Very much a newbie here. Just finished installing SUSE 9.3 on a PII 333/128MB RAM Dell system last night. It's running fine. I am able to get to the web and just exploring around. One of my biggest goals is to learn the command line. But another goal is to have this system run as lean as possible.

Thanks to all the info here at this forum I have been able to find links to all types of resouces..I love it.

Looking to see if anyone can give me some tips/pointers/tweaks on how to conserve resources (RAM and other system resources) so the system runs a little faster and smoother. Go gentle on me now, not too familiar enough with the command line yet but want to learn.

My plan is to use this machine as basically an MP3 jukebox running through my sound system.

Any suggestions you can offer would be helpful..

Old 07-20-2005, 12:17 PM   #2
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Well, you could try Gentoo. I've put it on an Athlon 1200 with the same amount of memory and it boots a lot faster than my Suse Athlon 1700+ XP with 768 RAM. Though I feel that something might be wrong here.

On the other hand, if you only plan to use it as a jukebox, you could install debian, select the minimum of packages. It was a pretty fast system (I tested it in my 1200 machine). Then you could install amarok or whatever and be satisfied.

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Old 07-20-2005, 01:44 PM   #3
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You could try something like damnsmallinux If you want somethinf fast, or just use what you have with a different window manager other than KDE or GNOME.
Old 07-21-2005, 06:19 AM   #4
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I think I would like to try a different window manager to see how things work with that, but I am not sure how to do that. Can you point me in the right direction on how I would go about it.

Thanks for replying.
Old 07-21-2005, 11:45 AM   #5
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a couple of things to do
first recompile your kernel so it only supports exactly your hardware
and hack the kernel makefle for P II optimizations
next stop all uneeded services from starting at boot you can find your runlevel in /etc/inittab
"id:3:initdefault" mine is 3
links for starting services are in /etc/rc3.d or something like that "S" means start just put "_" in front of it and it will not start (you need very few of those things for your system to work)
you can try killing them first to see if all is OK
and in /etc/inittab
comment out all but 1 of those agettys will save a little ram
Old 07-21-2005, 01:40 PM   #6
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Thanks very much for the suggestions....I am going to have to do searches on your suggestions, because I really don't know how to recompile the kernel so that it's optimized for my specific machine--that's strange territory for me..

So are you saying I should make my run level a 3 as well?

I will take a look when I get home to see if I follow you on the rest. I hate this learning curve stuff with anything new. I just hope some day I can contribute instead of taking...

This is good for me though---at work I admin some Netware boxes and Windows of course and our Lotus Notes mail system and my boss has been wanting to have Lotus Notes run on Linux instead of Windows, so this is good practice. I want to learn the workstation environment first before moving to Linux server admin...

Thanks...I will message back later to let you know how I made out. I see someone suggested trying a different window manager other than KDE this is the default for SUSE--is that easy to do and would you recommend that as well? I downloaded ICEWM and XFCE.



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